CULTURE AND EDUCATION

U3A Member Publication: Bangalore, Britain and Beyond

Bangalore, Britain and Beyond – connecting past and present - is a new book by St Albans U3A member Arti Kumar MBE. Interwoven with articles written by her father in India in the 1960s and ‘70s, her own memoirs, perspectives and experiences, the result is a great read for anyone – anytime, anywhere.   The book is available in paperback and Kindle formats from Amazon here.  Or contact Arti for a signed copy at a discounted price, via her email: kumararti68@gmail.com.  Arti will have her book available at our regular meetings.

OperaVision

OperaVision is opera for the connected world. Watch live streams as the operas themselves unfold in the opera house. View your favourite performances, subtitled, on demand. Learn about the art form and specific productions by browsing our richly populated digital library, stories, and articles. In English, French, and German, thoughtfully curated, and free to browse and explore. OperaVision brings together 29 partners from 17 countries and invites you to travel and discover the diversity of opera from wherever you want, whenever you want. Click here to explore OperaVision

The Timeline YouTube channel

A new online resource, full of free to watch history documentaries

Every week we'll be bringing you one-off documentaries and series from the world's top broadcasters, including the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery and PBS. We'll be exploring the mysteries of ancient Egypt, shedding light on the dark ages of medieval Europe and examining the First and Second World Wars. Click here to explore the channel

HAFLS Short Courses 65 & Over Project - Spring & Summer Terms 2019

These courses are subsidised by Hertfordshire Adult & Family Learning Service to provide learning opportunities in the county.

  • Getting Started with your Tablet (Apple/Android)
  • Memoir Writing
  • Digital Skills - Internet & Staying Safe Online
  • Mindfulness for Daily Living
  • (FREE) Getting to Grips with your Smartphone (Apple/Android)

For more information about the courses and booking information see the flyer

The WEA

Founded in 1903, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. With the support of nearly 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 tutors and over 10,000 members, we deliver friendly, accessible and enjoyable courses for adults from all walks of life. The St Albans branch runs daytime courses, and our main audience is similar to that of the U3A. Our courses typically cover subjects in Art, History, Music and Current Affairs, and you do not need any previous knowledge or qualifications to join. Booking can be done online, by phone or by post. Details of local courses can be found on the St Albans WEA website and courses in a wider area can be found on the national WEA website.

 

Welwyn Garden City Film Society 2018-19

Now in our 73rd year, our purpose is to show the best of contemporary and classic world cinema, in a comfortable and sociable setting. The films are selected partly by the committee and partly by the votes of members. All the Film Society’s shows can be seen at the Garden City Cinema Screen 3 at Campus West for a membership fee of £50 for 10 films. There is nothing else to pay. Non-members may attend any show, as guests, for £7. All shows are on Sundays and start at 7.30pm. Please download further information at WGC Film

 

Cantilena Ladies Choir welcomes new members

Cantilena Ladies Choir meet Monday evenings (term time) from 8pm – 9.30pm at St Saviours Church Hall, Sandpit Lane, St Albans AL1 4DF.We’re a friendly, informal, fun choir who sing modern and traditional songs, show tunes, Christmas carols and Easter songs etc.New members welcome. No audition.For further information please contact: Heather on 01727 845673 or Charlotte on 01727 837661 or email Charlotte Robinson

 

"The Old Town Hall" by Chris Green

The Old Town Hall, St Albans, charts the history of one of the city’s most iconic buildings. Its author is Chris Green, former director of St Albans Museums, and the publishers are the St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society. It is the first published account of the building and its history, and reveals hitherto unknown details about its design, construction and fabric. It also gives an account of how the justices, local government and society used the building, how this changed over the years, and the day-to-day discomforts experienced by those who used the building. Chris Green describes the architectural development of the building from its neo-Classical origins in 1832 to the present day, when the role of the building is set to change once again – to become a museum and gallery. The book is available from Waterstones, St Albans, price £6.99, ISBN 978-0-901194-10-7. For further information about St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society visit the SAHASS website

 

Gresham College Lectures

Gresham College was founded in 1597 and has been providing free lectures within the City of London for over 400 years. Today the College continues this four-century-old and upholds its founding principle in maintaining the highest possible academic standards for all its appointed Gresham Professors, Visiting Professors and visiting speakers.
All the College's 130+ lectures and events each year are free and open to all. They take place at a number of venues within the City of London and beyond. The College has been recording its lectures since the 1980s so for those unable to attend, there are now over 1,900 lectures freely available online in text, audio or video formats. For further information about past and future lectures, visit Gresham

 

The Kings of Herts Male Barbershop Chorus

The Kings of Herts are self-supporting but also raise funds for a number of charities. The Kings sing at fetes and festivals, town halls and theatres and offer memorable input to weddings and anniversaries. They are mounting a major recruitment drive looking for all voice parts. Experienced singers are welcome, but the ability to read music is not a pre-requisite. Their music director is an outstanding young graduate from the Royal College of Music. Getting involved is not an intimidating experience: there is music to suit all tastes and a prevailing sense of fun and enjoyment. The Kings meet weekly on Thursday evenings in Harpenden but draw support from many neighbouring towns and villages. For further details just email more@kingsofherts.co.uk or check out the website at Kings

 

Free Entry to English Heritage Sites

Did you know that you can make free educational visits to English Heritage sites? Well you can by visiting the Education Visit  page of the EH website and filling in the application form that's downloadable there